14.19 Jack in the Box
|Title||Jack in the Box|
|Episode #||Season 14, Episode 19|
|First aired||April 18, 2019|
|Directed by||Robert Singer|
|Written by|| Eugenie Ross-Leming|
|On IMDB||Jack in the Box|
|Outline||Still grieving after Mary's death at Jack's hands, Sam, Dean, and Castiel find a case involving strange Biblical deaths. When they learn of Jack's involvement, Dean resolves to deal with Jack once and for all.|
|Timeline||A few days after 14.18 Absence|
|Location(s)|| Lebanon, Kansas|
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Sam, Dean, and Castiel are holding a wake for Mary with all her hunter friends. Dean leads the eulogy acknowledging that her family went beyond Sam and Dean, and reminiscing about how Mary was stubborn and tough but an atrocious cook. He brings his speech to a close by raising a toast in her honor. The wake is brought to an abrupt ending, however, by a flying axe landing in the head of one of the mourners, followed by Bobby’s arrival.
As hunters removes the body, Bobby explains to Sam and Cas that it was a wraith from a nest he and Mary had cleared out recently and that it must have snuck in to gloat. Cas quips that Mary would have approved of having a hunter’s wake complete with monster. Bobby asks how Sam is doing and notes that Dean –- who is boxing up Mary’s belongings in the background -- seems distant, which is confirmed by him declining to join them in splitting Ketch’s scotch.
Sam, Cas, and Bobby sit in the kitchen drinking beer as Sam looks at an old photo of Mary with the boys from 1983. Dean enters the room and once again declines to join them despite Sam asking him to stay and talk about what to do about Jack. Bobby mentions that he heard Jack was responsible for Mary’s demise and whilst Sam and Cas are clearly hoping Jack can still be saved, Bobby says that he’s going to round up some hunter friends to kill him as a soulless Jack is just a monster in his book.
Elsewhere, Jack sits in an abandoned factory trying to figure out what to do, reliving Mary’s death, and wishing his Mom was there to show him what to do. His Lucifer hallucination turns up and taunts him, telling him he was only ever a pet monster to the Winchesters and now that he killed their mom, they hate him and won’t ever want anything to do with him again.
Meanwhile, alone in the woods, Dean sits and cries, finally allowing himself to show the emotions he had bottled up around the others.
Castiel visits Heaven and finds Dumah, who tells him Naomi is locked away in a small cell after she allowed the Empty to attack them under her watch. When Cas explains that Jack has gone rogue and burnt away his soul, Dumah seems overly interested in this news and mocks Cas about how Jack lost it doing what he thought was right.
Back in the Bunker, Sam tries to comfort Dean by telling him that at least they are aware Mary’s in Heaven with John and happy, and that rather than disowning him, they should be helping Jack. This just further angers Dean, and he reminds Sam that there was nothing left of Mary to even attempt to bring her back because of what Jack did.
Dumah goes to find Jack at the warehouse and manipulates him into being her personal heavenly hitman by making him believe that smiting those Heaven sees as heretics will both help save the world and regain the Winchesters' love. They begin by visiting Professor Harrison Tate, an atheist and best-selling author, and demanding that he announce that he has had a revelation and that he recants everything he has ever published or face divine retribution. When he refuses to do as Dumah requests, Jack turns him into a pillar of salt.
Cas visits Sam and Dean, announcing that the angels said they would help find Jack though Dean is obviously skeptical, having been misled by Heaven in the past. Moreover, Sam tells them that he’s been keeping an eye on weird stories during his search for Jack and his research has led him to the deaths of Harrison Tate and a TV evangelist in Texas who was being investigated for fraud before she was swallowed by a crevice that opened up beneath her in the earth. Cas confirms that these sound like acts of biblical smiting and that Jack is the only being other than Chuck with the power to perform them.
In Heaven, Dumah leads Jack to Heaven's Throne Room, where God would receive prayers, and asks him to listen in to the prayers to see if he can find anyone who would be willing to become an angel. She tells him he does not have the power to create them from scratch but does possess the ability to forge human souls into angelic beings. While listening on the throne, Jack finds a church group and visits them to check that they really do want to go to Heaven and become angels. When the group leader confirms that it’s their dream, Jack shows his wings and says that he can make their dream a reality if they come with him. At that moment, a visiting pastor named Ames arrives and casts doubt on Jack’s credibility. Jack sees this as the pastor doubting the word of God and curses him to be eaten alive by worms before disappearing with the rest of the congregation.
Having heard of the case of Pastor Ames, Sam, Dean, and Cas arrive at the hospital to question him. Their suspicions are confirmed when the pastor is shown a picture of Jack and says that Jack punished him for his lack of belief.
Back at the Bunker, Dean tells Sam of his plan to trick Jack into the Ma'lak Box by telling him that he needs to stay in there while they finish a spell to restore his soul. Sam has reservations about lying to Jack and locking up someone whom he sees as his son. Sam finally accepts that Dean’s plan is all they have, even though it clearly pains him.
Castiel returns to the playground, but is denied entry into Heaven by its guardian Eremiel, who produces an angel blade. In the throne room, Jack is turning the prayer group into angels and proudly announces it when Castiel arrives. Castiel calls Dumah outside to talk to her about what she is doing. As he confronts Dumah, she threatens to destroy John and Mary’s Heaven if Castiel takes Jack away. Without a moment's hesitation, Castiel stabs her with his angel blade.
Sam reluctantly prays to Jack, saying they need to talk so that they can move forward. Jack hears him and listens excitedly to the promise of going home to his family. Jack arrives at the Bunker and says how relieved he is to see them and he was sorry about the "accident" -- a word that obviously angers Dean, although he manages to keep it under the surface as much as possible. Jack says how much he regrets it and just wants things to go back to normal. Sam encourages Jack, telling him that they want to keep him safe from hurting others and himself, and that being in the Ma’lak Box will also protect him. Jack agrees and enters the Ma’lak Box with some trepidation. As soon as he lays flat, Dean swiftly closes and locks the lid. The brothers return to the kitchen to drink and try to ignore Jack calling for them. Sam is obviously devastated.
Back in the Ma’lak Box, Jack is panicking when his vision of Lucifer turns up to taunt him about how he allowed the Winchesters to play him.
Castiel arrives to tell them that Dumah was using Jack by telling him it would please the Winchesters to purify the world. When he learns they’ve shut him in the Ma’lak Box, Cas is angry and claims that they are no better than Dumah.
In the box, Lucifer continues to tease Jack and then encourages him to escape by using his powers to destroy the box. This in turn causes the Bunker to shake and alarms to sound. Sam, Dean, and Cas race back to the room where they left Jack, only to be greeted by his foreboding silhouette and bright glowing golden eyes as Sam breathes out Jack’s name in fear.
- Sam Winchester
- Dean Winchester
- Jack Kline
- Bobby Singer (Apocalypse World)
- Angel Blade
- Angel Lore
- Angel Wings
- Apocalypse World
- Costumes & Disguises
- Heaven's Throne Room
- Led Zeppelin
- Ma'lak Box
- Men of Letters Bunker
- Metatron's Cube
- Photo Album
- Table of Death
- Warding Sigils